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Africa: 10 Things to Watch in Africa in 2016

Analysis By Nick Branson and Jamie Hitchen Staying Power: Referenda in the Republic of Congo and Rwanda have paved the way for presidents Sassou Nguesso and Kagame to extend their tenures. In the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), President Kabila appears intent on remaining in power beyond the end of his second term in November 2016. Kabila’s political machinations have ...

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South African king goes to jail

A South African king who is a nephew of the late Nelson Mandela has begun a 12-year prison sentence for kidnapping, assault and arson. King Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo reported to prison after his legal attempts to overturn his conviction failed. The case against King Dalindyebo was related to a dispute he had with some of his subjects about two decades ago. ...

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We May Ban Hijab Because of Boko Haram – Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has said that his government may ban the use of hijab by muslim women as a result of the use of female suicide bombers by Boko Haram insurgents. He made this declaration during the presidential media chat. “Hijab would have to be banned if suicide bombing continues,” noted Buhari Hijab is a veil that covers the head ...

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Appeal court removes Ikpeazu, declares Otti Winner in Abia guber election

The Court of Appeal, sitting in Owerri, has removed Okezie Ikpeazu of the Peoples Democratic Party as governor of Abia State. The court also declared Alex Otti of the All Progressives Grand Alliance the winner of the April 11 and April 25 supplementary elections in the state. Delivering judgment in an appeal filed by Mr. Otti, the five-member panel, headed ...

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Appeal court upholds Darius Ishaku as governor of Taraba

Aisha Alhassan, candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the Taraba state governorship election, has lost her bid to replace Darius Ishaku of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), as governor of the state. On Thursday, the appeal court sitting in Abuja ruled that the Alhassan had no locus standi – the right or capacity to appear in a court ...

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Is Ibe Kachikwu This Government’s New Year Sacrifice?

By Kennedy Emetulu Following Dr Ibe Kachikwu’s Christmas day outing at the Port Harcourt Refinery where he gleefully announced the removal of petroleum subsidy and a reduction of the pump price of fuel in Nigeria from N87 to N85 (something he said he’d already signed off a day before Christmas, but due to be announced on January 1, 2015), Nigerians ...

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PDP accuses Buhari of planning to borrow N5 billion daily in 2016

The opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has accused President Muhammadu Buhari of planning to borrow at least N5 billion per day to finance the N6.08 trillion 2016 budget. The spokesperson of the party, Olisa Metuh, who spoke with reporters on Tuesday in Abuja, said a breakdown of the N1.84 trillion to be borrowed by Mr. Buhari to fund the budget ...

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Trump Says Union Leader Newspaper of New Hampshire ‘A Pile of Garbage’

Donald Trump referred to the biggest newspaper in New Hampshire as a “pile of garbage” Monday night after the New Hampshire Union-Leader ran a front-page calling him an insult to the intelligence of voters in the state. Speaking to a crowd of more than a thousand, Trump railed against the paper’s publisher, Joseph McQuaid, who wrote the editorial. Trump repeated ...

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30 feared killed in Adamawa suicide attack

Scores of people were feared killed on Monday when two female suicide bombers attacked a busy motor park in Madagali town of Adamawa State. A witness, Danladi Buba, said the two female suicide bombers detonated bombs at a mini market near a motor park around 9am, killing many people. “About 30 people were killed with 16 others injured,” Mr. Buba ...

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‘FOREX scarcity costs private sector N1.4trillion loss in 6 months

Investors in various sectors of the Nigerian economy are weighing the negative impact of the scarcity of foreign exchange on their businesses, with the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) saying some of its members lost about N1.46 trillion in six months. The LCCI Director-General, Muda Yusuf, attributed the loss to stalled business activities due to inadequate supply of ...

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